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O’Korn Sticks With Houston, What are Syracuse’s QB Options for Signing Day?

The Florida signal caller won’t be coming to SU, so Shafer and co. have to burn the midnight oil.

Syracuse can scratch quarterback John O’Korn off its wish list. The Ft. Lauderdale (FL) signal caller has re-committed his pledge to Houston.

O’Korn tweeted Thursday night:

“It has been a truly amazing experience but my recruiting has come to an end and I am sticking to my commitment to the University of Houston!

I will not be taking any more visits but I want to thank every school who offered me an opportunity to play at the next level”

O’Korn was the first new offer by Scott Shafer after Doug Marrone left. Last week the Florida passer told The Fizz he was flattered by the opportunity with SU, but would have to wait to see who the new OC hire was. Unfortunately, it looks like the addition of George McDonald wasn’t enough to switch his verbal, despite his close ties to the Sunshine State.

O’Korn has drawn major momentum over the past few weeks. Mississippi State jumped into the mix recently, and also had offers from Louisville, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. He is rated as a 3-star prospect, and the 34th best pro-style prospect by 247 for the class of 2013.

Where does that leave the Orange quarterback situation just 10 days before National Signing Day? The only certainty right now is Austin Wilson. The Pennsylvania product says he’s energized by the new coaching staff and will sign with SU on 2/6. Zach Allen de-committed after the departure of Marrone and Nate Hackett, so now he’s staring at an intimidating numbers game at TCU. SU has reached out to dual threat Illinois’ Mitch Kimble. He retracted his verbal from Northern Illinois when Syracuse and N.C. State offered him. Kimble visited the Hill last weekend, and is traveling down to Raleigh today. His high school coach tells us it’s down to just the Orange and Wolfpack.

It would be nice if the Orange could land another quarterback by NSD. While Wilson had shown a terrific attitude in sticking with SU, a new coaching staff and offensive coordinator would clearly benefit from options with the incoming class. It’s unlikely either true freshman would land the starting nod, but more QB depth is never a bad thing.

Posted: D.A.

29 Comments on this Post

  1. orangeinva

    This is a great opportunity for Hunt and Kinder to start anew…no preconceptions from the coaching staff… And we still have Loeb, who appeared to have confidence and ability running the ball, but I can’t speak about his passing.

    The offense, with a new coordinator could/will be somewhat different. But the pieces are there..RBs//WRs//TEs and an Oline to be pretty good offensively.

  2. dmacdaddy30

    Don’t forget about Todd Porter out of O’Fallon, IL. I have not heard a lot about him recently, but I have some connections in the area and he is still interested in SU apparently.

  3. Hunt and Kinder and Loeb are the guys. Kinder ran the scout team and did an excellent job.. 9 months to go.. Not worried at all

  4. No way!! SU’s issue at QB is a nightmare!! If SU had talent in the stable it would have been bridled up and let loose sometime in the past seasons. It didn’t happen. Coaching staff(other than the waste Paulus) never really challenged Ryan!! It was Ryan only. The coaches saw that more than any fan saw it. There is no one 1/2 as good as Ryan on the team as of today. Zack moved killed our hopes. Just hope we find a QB!! 2013 is going to be crazy. That’s one reason why dougie left!!

  5. Look terry none of us here know if Zach would be any good or not, we dont know anything about hunt,Kinder,or Loeb, and Wilson is coming to Su. Here’s the Breakdown at QB
    Hunt was a red-shirt freshman last yr also got in trouble with the law.

    Kinder is a red-shirt soph. dont know anything about him

    Loeb is a red-shirt sr. that we know nothing about.

    It is hard to beat out a 3yr starter at QB so that’s y they probable went w/ ryan even if Hunt or Kinder where better.

  6. @AJ;

    Terrie hasn’t disappointed me at all,he just doesn’t get it and I consider him the “GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING”. The starting QB in 2013 will be Charlie Loeb and John Kinder will be the backup. Syracuse has and will always reward those(seniors)who have paid there dues by staying loyal to the program. It’s always been done here and it really doesn’t matter who the coach is at the time.
    Wilson will get a RED-SHIRT season in the fall so that he can learn the offense. Next year look for Coach Shafer to bring in at least 2 dual threat quarterbacks.

    If I was just completing 4 years of high school football as a dual threat QB and wanting to go to college, and if I walked in Asiantii Woulard’s shoes,I would be giving Syracuse a real long hard look at the place to be at.

    Now back to the “GIFT THAT KEEPS 0N GIVING”. It’s gong to be a real long year ever one,as it gets closer to the start of the season Terries rhetoric is only going to intensify.

  7. Terry, didn’t you hate Nassib until recently? As recently as, oh, now that he is a top NFL prospect so he must be good?

    Nassib needed time to develop, but he developed into one of the best QBs that Cuse has ever had. Who’s to say that one of these guys can’t do the same?

    By all accounts, Loeb and Kinder are good QBs. I think the reasons they haven’t seen playing time is (1) because we haven’t had a comfortable enough game situation to put in a backup QB, although I thought we’d at least see Loeb go in during the UConn game and (2) Marrone is a conservative NFL style coach who doesn’t take ANY chances with a lead… or maybe it was just the nail biters this team faced early on that made him think it was too risky.

    I thought Zach would be our next great QB too and don’t see anyone coming in that can live up to that sort of Elite 11 hype, but no one thought Nassib was going to be much of a QB coming in either, even up until this year. Let’s just hang in there and see what these kids can do.

  8. @terry;
    Don’t you just hate it when people throw your own words back at you?

    Great post Derek,and yes he didn’t think to highly of Ryan either.

  9. Smitty Section 129

    Kinder or Hunt will lead the way. I went to the Spring game last year and walked away expressed with Hunt. Kinder has the arm and speed but has to work on his accuracy and decision making. Coming out of High School he was I think the player of the year and people compared him to Pat White. Austin Wilson is a very good QB prospect so I’m ok with him.

  10. saltine44

    let Ashton drive the Orange Cadillac in 2013! This would give us a triple-threat running the football as well as the pro-style spread offense that many NFL teams are using. HE might just well be the next Colin K. waiting to happen. He will get the grasp of the playbook by the time we play Penn State.

  11. CuseOnly

    Ashton would be fantastic if we only ran 4 plays that he could remember. Amazing athlete though and should stay at RB.

    Hunt will lead the way next year and be backed up by Loeb. He has the best skillset for the type of offense we are going to run.

    Big, strong, fast and smart. Accuracy and decision making will improve with experience.

  12. I have been in Ryan’s corner since the screwed up trick(Paulus) of dougie making. I took alot of heat blaming dougie and Paulus for SU’s losing!! But Ryan turned out great!! The above babblers have mocked Ryan until recently no matter what they say now. SU DOES NOT HAVE A QUALITY QB NOW-PERIOD!!! Anyone who does not see that is lacking in college football knowledge. Mainly Ronette!! That’s one reason dougie made his mind up to leave and now the new coaches are trying to find a QB out there that might help fill this QB hole!! I’m saying now not 2/3 years down the road. Loeb looks like a 2 by 4 out there and the others(Hunt and Kinder) don’t seem to have the football smarts to compete at the ACC level let alone BE level!! I like Ashton’s make up, but QB might be a stretch now!! With Wilson we have nothing on him yet!! I was right about Ryan after the stupid Paulus move. And my gut tells me that SU’s QB talent is very limited at best!! We’ll see!!

  13. @terry;

    So Terrie please tell us all on what your basing your brilliant observation on,telling us all that Syracuse doesn’t have a quality QB in house now.

    Are you just saying that because you have a gut feeling about these young men just because none have been able to break into a rotation with Ryan? Is it based on the same way as you have felt about some of the other players that are on the team?
    Is it based on the fact that you attend all of the spring practices and see what these players are made of?

    What do you know that none of the rest of us knows? Give us all some insight into the way you think.

  14. Cuse Don't Luse

    This Ronnette shit has got to stop

  15. In college football-no play after years no real good!! Enough said!! I agree with Cuse Don’t Luse about Ronette!!!

  16. the austin wilson kid has good size and his highlight film looked good. the other 2 qb’s also have nice size and both of there highlight film looked good as well.

  17. we knew about okorn on the premium side 3 weeks ago

  18. @Cuse Don’t Luse;

    Please explain your comment here. Does it mean that you don’t like the fact that Terrie calls me Ronette or is it you don’t like the way I respond to Terries bullshit dribble and excuses as to why he hates Syracuse Football.
    If it’s the latter,then my response to the both of you is “to go pound salt”. I could really give a shit if either of you agreed with me or not.

    Cuse Don’t Luse,I do know that you’ve made some ridiculous statements in the past and I didn’t ridicule you on them. But Terrie is something else,and there is no excuse for his stupidity.

    It seems to me that you both deserve each other and I hope that both of you get together to enjoy each others company while watching the basketball game later today and later(6:00 pm) the women’s basketball game tonight.

    So to me no matter how you look at it both of you need to stop blowing smoke up peoples asses an just go away.

  19. Cuse don't luse

    Ron I’m on ur side terry his name is fucking Ron

  20. Cuse don't luse

    I’m just a 15 year old who enjoys cuss athletics I am sorry you think I am blowing smoke up people’s asses when I generally only comment to agree with u(Ron) and Russell I feel like even though I live vise athletics and most everyone here does that terry is secretly a Rutgers fan

  21. @Cuse don’t luse;

    Are you the kid out of Texas. Please belief me,I didn’t want to hurt you in any way shape or manner. I’m sorry that I offended you Cuse.

    At times I get confused with all of the people who use this site. I would never ever Cuse attack a 15 year old personally or physically,it’s not my style.

    One other thing Cuse,have you noticed that Terrie hasn’t offered a response yet.

  22. @Cuse don’t luse;

    I think it was Derek who asked Terry if he posted on another site using Floridasteve as his handle. He hasn’t answered Dereks question yet either.

    Look,I’m not the type of person who throw’s personal attacks at someone because of their beliefs and have never met.

    Terrie makes an awful lot of foolish remarks about Syracuse football that upset me greatly.

    Terrie and I have been going at it for almost 3 years Cuse. He hasn’t changed one bit with his criticism on Syracuse.

    If it’s constructive criticism that gets posted here then it gives us all a chance to opine and learn different points of view from everyone. Staying civil to each other is important to me. When a person strays from that then I have to respond. That’s always been my way Cuse,always.

  23. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,Im sorry u mistakenly jumped on CDL….Terry twisted his words to suit his agenda…SHAME ON U TERRY…I see u caught the mistake,..no harm done,..sorry Cuse Dont Luse!!Ron just shot back too quick in his anger at Terry..Hes as u know (Ron) a real gentlemen!!

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